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Top Of Mind Awareness: Being Present Without Being A Nuisance
by Tony Vidler Promoting our personal professional brand is essentially all about creating top-of-mind-awareness. Being the person that our target market thinks of, and then calls, when they recognise a need or desire is our goal. We want to be “top of mind”. To achieve that we must master the art of being present, but […]
Is this why prospects ignore your networking effort?
by Tony Vidler Networking often seems to be harder than it should. It is amazing how many people forget, or ignore, basic social skills and common courtesies when trying to network – especially in online networking platforms such as LinkedIn. Speaking personally, I ignore people trying to network with me on a daily […]
by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem. It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often […]
Are you offering Advice clients Fast Food or Fine Dining?
by Tony Vidler Many advisers are unsure about what they offer advice clients – cheap and cheerful advice on the fly, or a superb planning experience. Both do the job, albeit in different ways. But offering fast food at silver service prices is a business model that will struggle…and that’s what happens when there […]
Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability. […]
by Tony Vidler Behavioural finance meets gaming meets technology and that means “marketing opportunity”. One of the newer marketing concepts arising from these trends converging is “gamification”, and while it is being used in all sorts of industries to engage consumers with new products and services it doesn’t appear to have really attained great traction […]
Good Content marketing: It isn’t written the way you were taught to write…
by Tony Vidler Advisers getting into content marketing or just trying to create an audience for their brand are often confused about how best to communicate – or develope a style which balances personality with professionalism. Inevitably they ask “what is the correct way to write?” The grammar-nazi’s certainly have their views and […]
Target Marketing: The Smart Play For Marketing Your Advice Business
by Tony Vidler Target marketing is usually the difference between those firms who get the right sort of clients, and those who just get customers. Clients follow advice, because they value it. Customers engage in transactions. They buy products. They take a bit of advice here and there…as it suits them. Trying to get more […]
by Tony Vidler It is so easy today to get yourself “in print” and be positioned as the expert that target market customers ask for advice. and being the expert that gets asked leads to those customers doing business with you. Setting up chat forums, blogs, ezines and so on are all relatively easy […]